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Mark Angelo Askew is the author of "Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guide Workbook and Keepsake" and the founder and director of the Family Reunion Planning Group that established November as Annual Family Reunion Planning Month.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

5 Reunion Fundraising Ideas

So your family reunion event is a few months away and your reunion money box shrinking. The trick to growing your funds is to use those few dollars to make more funds  How? Two words. Yard sale. 

Yard Sale Ideas

Start at home. Collect items you may have stored away that are good as new and likely to stir the interest of friends, family and neighbors. Ask local family members to donate yard sale items - proceeds toward the family reunion.

Family Auction And Lease

Need more funds? Consider having a family auction. Most family members have something to donate to that other family members would like to own or lease. The beauty of a lease auction is that you can always get the item back after a few months of possession.

Online Fund Raiser

One of the most time-effcient and cost-effective ways to raise funds is to promote a fundraiser to all family members via your google+ or facebook page. You can do this easily using your FRP Social Interface. Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Social features great fundraiser ideas which I will discuss later in this article.

Fund Raiser Web App

Another way to hold an online fundraiser is using a standalone application and pre-built webpage devoted to the fundraiser. The MyEvent folks have been online for over a decade and know how to prepare a fully functional fundraising web application for your next online fundraiser. Take a tour at

Rallying Support For The Fund Raising Event

Send out flyers, emails, text messages and invitations at least three weeks in advance that includes all items going up for sale. List items in categories to make desired items easy to find on your list. Have attendees share in organizing and managing some aspect of the event to ensure that they will be present to participate.

Remember, the objective of your fundraiser is to raise reunion funds, not to spend reunion funds. That said, make sure that all who attend bring a dish, drinks, and supplies to equalize the expense and prevent having to dip into the reunion account.

For more ideas to get your fundraiser off and running consult Fimark's award winning Family Reunion Planner Social web app. What, don't have FRP Social web app yet? 
Good news, the list Price of $49 has been reduced to $39 for a limited time. You save $10 dollars. No coupon code needed. For more information about the family reunion planning app click on the link found on this blog page or go to profiles. access Fimarks's Family Reunion Planner Social web app here.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

April Reunion Planning Reminders

Time waits for no one. Don't wait for time,
plan for its arrival.

Hello family reunion planners. Can you believe it? April is almost 1/3rd over. How far along are you with action items on your reunion planning checklist?

1. Have you completed your t-shirt orders? If your reunion is scheduled in July you'll want to have all the orders in by months end.

2. Begin printing flyers as post mail reminder of the upcoming event.

3. Now is a good time to start purchasing keepsake trinkets, and party favors.

4. Start working on your welcome letter to be issued at the event and placed in the keepsake family reunion memory booklet.

5. Will your program include skits and family talent entertainment? Now is the time to start scheduling practice sessions.

6. If you're planning recreational activities commence buying equipment and supplies.

7. Start making a reunion food checklist so you won't forget a thing. The following is a starter list. Add items as needed.

Reunion Food Checklist

__ Drinks
__ Water
__ Ice
__ Fruit
__ Cakes Cookies and Pies
__ Links, Burgers, (Other)
__ Buns, Bread, and Rolls
__ Salads (Leaf, Pasta, Fruit)
__ Leafy and Starchy Vegetables (Corn on a Cob, Fried Potatoes, etc.)
__ Dishes: Chili, Gumbo, jambalaya

__ Eco-friendly paper cups, plates and bowls (Stackable dishes make for easy packing)
__ Wrapped Cutlery Kit in White (Fork / Knife / Spoon / Napkin / Salt / Pepper) 
__ Serving utensils
__ Cutting knives
__ Spatulas
__ Cooking Forks
__ Cutting board
__ Corkscrew and bottle openers

Bring early bird items for those who often arrive before the event starting time.
Water, ice, charcoal, a salad, chips, sandwich and bun fixings, and condiments.

Get more checklists, essential planning tips and activity ideas from Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Keepsake and Guidebook. Use the keepsake section to start recording your family milestones, stories, history and family recipes. Start researching your family lineage using the genealogy forms and document family heirloom using the heirloom form. Begin a personal planning journal and keeping up with family reunion planning tasks with the step by step timeline checklist guide. Makes a great nightly read and is ideal for weekend family projects.

The keepsake reunion planning guidebook helps you organize a single family reunion event while maintaining a journal of the experience. There is also a follow-up notes section, event planning checklist, a step by step timeline planner and 4 separate theme planners. Along with each theme there are recommended games and activities. In addition, there is an itinerary template, survey letter and luncheon template as well as a dinner program.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner is a book like no other. The original content of the family reunion planner has been used by thousands of reunion planners over the past 15 years. Over that time the compilation has been perfected and revised several times. Written with individual planners and reunion committees in mind, scores of community organizations and social groups have used it for their own event. The book is also having a special appeal to the travel and hospitality industry as a must have complimentary gift to assist guests in planning their most memorable family event. 

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guidebook for your device is available for order online at

Print reunion flyers, reunion welcome letters, keepsake memory booklets, poems and more? Download reunion planning templates, documents, and forms using Fimark's Family Reunion Planner companion web app here.

Fimark's Family Reunion Planner Guidebook is available in print.